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Nazi Party pin for Labor Day 1934

Object | Accession Number: 1996.75.38

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    Nazi Party pin for Labor Day 1934


    Brief Narrative
    Nazi Party Labor Day (Tag der Arbeit) 1934 pin. Labor Day (also known as May Day) takes place on May 1 to celebrate laborers and the working classes. In April 1933, after the Nazi party took control of the German government, May 1 was appropriated as the “Day of National Work,” with all celebrations organized by the government. On May 2, the Nazi party banned all independent trade-unions, bringing them under state control of the German Labor Front. This style of mass-produced, die stamped pin is often referred to colloquially as a tinnie.
    issue:  1934
    commemoration:  1934 May 01
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mark Esterman. These publications were obtained in Germany in 1935 by Benjamin and Sophie Esterman, American citizens who were traveling in Europe, and visited Germany in order to see for themselves and to inform others where Nazism was going. They are donated in the same spirit to the Holocaust Museum by the children of Benjamin and Sophie Esterman and their families; to bear witness and to warn of the cruelty and danger of bigotry, racial prejudice, and hatred.
    front, top, embossed : TAG DER ARBEIT [LABOR DAY]
    front, bottom center, embossed : 1934 / RK
    back, bottom right, embossed : SCHWÄB.(?) GMÜND
    Designer: Richard Klein

    Physical Details

    Identifying Artifacts
    Object Type
    Lapel pins (aat)
    Physical Description
    Circular, bronze-colored, metal pin with an embossed design. The top center has a head of a man flanked by a hammer on the left and a sickle on the right. Below the head is a Parteiadler, a stylized eagle with its head turned to the right, holding in its claws a wreath with a swastika in its center. German text is around the border above the hammer and the sickle, with numbers at the bottom split by the wreath. A safety-pin style clasp is soldered to the back. The pin may be made from a bronze alloy known as tombac, a mixture of copper and zinc.
    overall: | Depth: 0.250 inches (0.635 cm) | Diameter: 1.375 inches (3.493 cm)
    overall : metal

    Rights & Restrictions

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Corporate Name
    Nazi Party

    Administrative Notes

    The lapel pin was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1996 by Mark Esterman.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-17 10:04:09
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